Perhaps this belongs on the regular forum, but here goes.
I'm getting ready to jump on one of the new macs. Thinking about the 27 inch Core i7 iMac. Right now, that would probably suit my needs well, but I'm limited in connectivity. So I'm thinking that with my timeframe, perhaps I can hang on and see if there will be a MACPRO update. Then I can add a black magic intensity pro card. Also more hard drives.
If I went the Mac pro route would you all recommend getting a raid card? OR would the four drive bays be enough to Cut Multiple streams of HD.
Or do I stick with getting the 27 inch Core i7 iMac and not worry about that?
Any thoughts would be appreciated, probably buying either black Friday or X-mas.
Get the most power you can afford. The iMac may limit your options down the road. As for drives, while you can RAID three drives inside your enclosure, an external array will in most cases provide greater storage, speed and data safety. There are terrific options in the left and right banner ads.
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